Vendange Tardive means "Late Harvest" and is most commonly used to classify wines from the Alsace [AL-zass] region in France. Winemakers in Alsace have produced mostly dry white wines since the end of World War II to distinguish their style of wine from the style of wines made in Germany, which almost always have high levels of residual sugar. The Vendange Tardive category allows Alsace producers to diversify their styles, much like the trocken (dry) and halbtrocken (medium-dry) wines of Germany allow German vintners some new marketing approaches.